Can your body really change?

A lot of people ask me, “Can I really change my posture?” And the answer is an unequivocal yes.  Your posture shows us what your muscles are doing. Your muscles are positioning the bones in specific pattern.  If you can change the muscle actions, you can change the bone patterns. That’s as complex as posture therapy gets, but sometimes folks find it hard to believe because it’s just “too simple.”

I’m not the only one who thinks so. Suparna Damany, a physical therapist in Pennsylvania, says in her book It’s Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Muscles are made for adaptability and adjustment. It’s only because you’ve acclimated them to a static, unchanging workload that it will be challenging to work them back into shape.

The key point there is the “acclimation.”  The more you get your body used to being stuck in the same position all the time, the better it gets at being stuck in that position.  The more you get your body used to some new positions, some new movements, some more correct alignment, the better your body gets at all of those things.

So before you start telling yourself that your posture is determined genetically, that your pain is unchangeable, remember that your body’s muscles are always waiting to get used to something — why not make them get used to something that feels good?


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.